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co- +‎ father, as calque of Latin compater, French compère.


co-father (plural co-fathers)

  1. (obsolete) the relationship of a godfather to the other god-parents, and the legal parents, of a child.
    • 1967, Charles Wagley, Joao José Rescála, Amazon town, page 153:
      A man invites a good friend, or an important man who might help him, to become his co-father.
  2. in a male homosexual couple, the nonbiological father (partner of the biological father) of a child
    • 2008, Elizabeth Rudd, Lara Descartes, The changing landscape of work and family in the American middle class, page 165:
      gay co-fathers and their children are never sure of finding acceptance in straight communities.


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